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Nicole Francis from Manpower joins Real Milwaukee to give tips for answering some of the toughest interview questions.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

(Tips for answering this question)

  • Most interviews start with this question
  • Tailor your answer to the position at hand
  • Don’t give your whole life story
  • Focus on why you are qualified:
    • Strongest skills
    • Personality characteristics
    • Experience/accomplishments
    • Share your current job situation

Why do you want to work here?

(Tips for answering this question)

  • Demonstrate you’ve done your research on the company
  • Be positive about what you’ve learned
  • Mention how you see yourself fitting in at the company

What are your strengths?

(Tips for answering this question)

  • Be confident, not obnoxious
  • Mentally prepare your strengths ahead of time
  • Share strengths that match employer needs
  • Focus on the strengths the employer is looking for:
    • Proven experience
    • Honesty/integrity
    • Dedication
    • Positive attitude

What is your greatest weakness?

(Tips for answering this question)

  • Turn strength into a weakness
    • “I can be too much of a perfectionist because I want to get things right”
    • Focus the position at hand
      • “I’ve looked at the job description and my strengths match up well”
      • Talk about what you like to do least
        • “I enjoy customer service and building relationships, however I wish I could spend less time on paperwork.